Collage-inspired designs are enjoying a moment in the sun, but they’ve always been a beautiful way to give print designs a 3D, tactile look. 

These magazines, maps, flyers and book covers all make use of handcrafted textures and patterns to give their layouts a distinctive, unique design. Read on to be inspired…


1. Brand Identity for Le Jardin Naturel by Marion Dufour 


These leaflets and maps for Le Jardin Naturel (Natural Garden) in Paris, designed by French graphic designer Marion Dufour, use an eclectic blend of photos and botanical illustrations to create a collage effect. We love this charming, whimsical take on collage-style design, which suits the botanical theme perfectly.

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2. Rosanna Webster Magazine Covers 


British illustrator and artist Rosanna Webster has lent her distinctive collage design style to a body of client work, including ad campaigns for Dior and Adidas. Her ability to transform magazine covers with collage effects and doodles really caught our eye.

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Design: Rosanna Webster


3. W Magazine Covers by Barbara Kruger 


American artist Barbara Kruger has a distinctive pop-art style that translates well to the world of graphic design. These covers for W Magazine juxtapose her distinctive red-and-white taglines (set in Futura typeface) against collage-inspired images and textures, or attention-grabbing nude photography.

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Design: Barbara Kruger


4. Hunger Magazine 


Take inspiration from these covers for Hunger Magazine, and give the impression of cut-out paper revealing photos beneath, using irregular shapes and drop-shadows. It’s a minimal, uber-stylish take on collage-inspired design.

Learn how to give your magazine covers a 3D look with this InDesign tutorial.

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Design: Hunger Magazine


5. Billy Liar Cover by Rol Overwekk for Penguin 


In August 2015, Penguin released a redesigned series of covers for their Essentials range, each of which is designed by a different artist. We love the surreal, anarchic feel of this cover design for Keith Waterhouse’s Yorkshire-set novel, Billy Liar.

A great example of collage-inspired design, Rol blends black-and-white photos, illustration, papery textures and printed typography to create an eclectic yet strong layout.

Looking for more inspiration for covers? Discover our book design page here.

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Design: Rol Overwekk for Penguin


6. The New York Times Magazine Cover 


A collage-inspired design is a fantastic choice for this cover for The New York Times Magazine, allowing the designer to feature a huge range of different images of the subject, Hillary Clinton, without compromising on style. Washing photos in different colored tints, and using drop-shadows to create a pop-up, 3D effect, this cover is a great example of collage-style done with simplicity and impact.

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Wanting more juicy design inspiration? Head over to our Inspiration page to find the magazine layout, book cover or packaging design that will spark your next idea. 


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